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Left at the Altar: No Fairytale Ending for the Painted Bride

Real estate development often comes with its ups and its downs, with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, for reasons that are sometimes anticipated and sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. What seems like a slam dunk project can turn into a horrific brick (sometimes literally), and it pains us to say that 230 Vine St., now the former home of the Painted Bride Art Center, may soon fall into the latter category. [...]
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Update: More Details for Apartment Tower at 48th & Spruce

The properties at 4746-48 Spruce St. sit in the middle of a few converging neighborhoods, with Garden Court, Walnut Hill, and Spruce Hill mixing together along this stretch. Several blocks to the west is the busy 52nd Street corridor which we visited a few months ago. An equidistant walk to the east and you will quickly feel the campus-like vibes as you approach the western edge of UPenn. But if we may refocus your attention [...]
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Another Proposal for Vine Street at the Northern Edge of Old City

There's a funny little nook at the north end of Old City thanks to the criss-cross of off-ramps and nearby highways, and separated from the rest of the neighborhood by the Ben Franklin Bridge. This area is typically pretty sleepy, consisting of a mix of historic rowhomes, apartment conversions in former industrial buildings, mixed in with the occasional small business that pops up in sometimes surprising places. The lot at 416-24 Vine St. is one [...]
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Bittersweet Demo Will Lead to a Revamped Cassidy Elementary in Overbrook

We've brought it up over the years, but school buildings are among the hidden gems of Philadelphia architecture that can be found throughout the city. In fact, the school district had its own architect back in the day, with Irwin T. Catherine handling duties as lead architect from 1920-1937. His designs were so highly thought of that dozens of them have found themselves on the National Register of Historic Places. One such design can be [...]
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A Vacant Port Richmond Lot Could Turn into 73 Apartments

Our travels take us all over the city, but 2201 E. Tioga St. is located in a corner of Port Richmond that we confess we haven't explored much. The vacant lot at this site sits in a hard-to-define area, where a mix of industrial sites, single family homes, and the occasional empty lot form an odd mix of neighbors. As you can see, the lot in question sits down Sepviva Street from a narrow rowhome [...]
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Update: Plans Come into Focus for N. Delaware Ave. Project

It was a little over a month ago that we checked in on the property at 1130 N. Delaware Ave., where we had received word that an apartment building was to rise on the surface parking lot next to the Edward Corner Building. When we last checked out the site, a fence was up around the existing low-rise building, indicating that plans were indeed moving forward after some starts and stops in the past. View [...]
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More Apartments Coming to Haverford Avenue in Mantua

The 3600 block of Haverford Avenue is full of potential, due to both its desirable location and the fact that it's home to some larger sized lots that are dramatically underused. This is only partly true at 3618-32 Haverford Ave., a property that's been home to the West Philadelphia Assembly for Christ for many years - the church is a fine use at the site, but the associated surface parking is far from the highest [...]
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Prominent Addition at 10th & Washington Reaches Full Height

Buildings can stand out from the crowd for many reasons. Extreme height, grand design, topographical boosts from a hilltop can all lead buildings to have a disproportionately large impact. When driving east on Washington Ave. the other day, we couldn't help but notice a large, yellow and green presence at 943 Washington Ave. off in the distance. In this instance, the location of this building near a kink at 11th Street on Washington Avenue, combined [...]
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Update: Preliminary Details Emerge for “The Ben” in Old City

The range of building functions, ages, and styles in Old City is nothing short of amazing. From some of the most treasured places in America to some of the most nondescript low-rise structures you can imagine, this neighborhood has a bit of something for everyone. Today we are returning yet again to a couple of these less exciting buildings at 160-64 N. 2nd St. at the southwest corner of 2nd & Race. There have been [...]
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Pennovation Works Planning $365 Million Campus Addition

It seems as if every other week we have news of a large life sciences building going up in some part of the city. The University City area has dominated these types of developments thus far (honorable mention to the Navy Yard), but this time it appears that just a short jaunt across the river has something in store for us. The Pennovation Campus has set up shop in Grays Ferry since 2016, bringing us [...]
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